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Spatialized browsing in large data archives


Fabrikant, Sara I (2000). Spatialized browsing in large data archives. Transactions in GIS, 4(1):65-78.

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Exponentially growing data archives emphasize the need for efficient techniques and novel approaches to find and extract information. Information visualizationhas emerged in the Information Retrieval domain to facilitate access to large databases. This development acknowledges the need to focus on higher level cognitive processes in information seeking. Graphic depictions of large databases are increasingly based on the spatial metaphor. These representations are also known as spatialized views or information spaces. Whereas space as a data property has implications for the design and implementation of spatial information systems, this paper explores whether commonly used spatial concepts could be used as browsing metaphors to explore a digital library catalog. A proof of concept is provided that illustrates how spatial metaphors might be embodied in a query interface to visually explore the catalog of the Alexandria Digital Library. This experimental interface includes an information landscape that is based on three spatial concepts, distance (similarity), arrangement (dispersion and concentration), and scale (level of detail).

Abstract

Exponentially growing data archives emphasize the need for efficient techniques and novel approaches to find and extract information. Information visualizationhas emerged in the Information Retrieval domain to facilitate access to large databases. This development acknowledges the need to focus on higher level cognitive processes in information seeking. Graphic depictions of large databases are increasingly based on the spatial metaphor. These representations are also known as spatialized views or information spaces. Whereas space as a data property has implications for the design and implementation of spatial information systems, this paper explores whether commonly used spatial concepts could be used as browsing metaphors to explore a digital library catalog. A proof of concept is provided that illustrates how spatial metaphors might be embodied in a query interface to visually explore the catalog of the Alexandria Digital Library. This experimental interface includes an information landscape that is based on three spatial concepts, distance (similarity), arrangement (dispersion and concentration), and scale (level of detail).

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > General Earth and Planetary Sciences
Language:English
Date:2000
Deposited On:15 Nov 2019 15:03
Last Modified:22 Apr 2020 21:31
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1361-1682
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9671.00038
Official URL:https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwj7m5Ojy-TlAhXHfZoKHbcCCy0QFjABegQIARAF&url=https%3A%2F%2Fonlinelibrary.wiley.com%2Fdoi%2Fpdf%2F10.1111%2F1467-9671.00038&usg=AOvVaw2T4a9WIUvuZT3qtTmTuvmH

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